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1. Lacking dexterity or skill; clumsy.
2. Lacking social grace or tact.
3. Having unusually large hands.

ham′-hand′ed·ly adv.


clumsy, inept, or heavy-handed: a ham-handed apology.
ham′-hand`ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ham-handed - lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands; "a bumbling mechanic"; "a bungling performance"; "ham-handed governmental interference"; "could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"- Mary H. Vorse
maladroit - not adroit; "a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve"; "a maladroit translation"; "maladroit propaganda"
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